Academics

The Frederick Gunn School values individuals and their ideas. Our students join generations of alumni before them who have learned to be curious, to question, to debate, reflect, and share what they know.

Small classes are the norm, with a student-teacher ratio of 5:1, which means that each student’s contributions are expected and welcomed. A comprehensive curriculum, with 119 courses to choose from (including 32 honors and AP classes, and Independent Study Projects (ISPs), helps our students to master different subjects and become confident articulating their ideas in spoken and written forms.

Our teachers are passionate about their subject matter and love what they do. Our students get to know them as their instructors, advisors, mentors, role models, coaches, and dorm parents. Their guidance and encouragement help students reach beyond their expectations and preconceived notions. Each student at The Frederick Gunn School receives the guidance, attention, and support of a team of talented faculty members dedicated to their academic and personal success.

The goals of our rigorous academic program are:

  • To develop in our students the lifelong learning and leadership skills they need to be active and responsible citizens, both locally and globally.

  • To prepare our students for what’s next as they continue to learn and grow, in college and in life.

Find out what makes academics at FGS different.

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A Day in a Student's Life

Academic News

Judith Altmann

The 2021 Speaker Series concluded April 1 with a presentation by Holocaust survivor and Connecticut resident Judith Altmann, who shared her incredibly moving story. A member of the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Speakers Bureau and Vice President of the Holocaust Child Survivors of Connecticut, Altmann has extensive experience speaking in schools.
 

banding station on Kent Land Trust's Skiff Mountain South Preserve

By early April, seniors at The Frederick Gunn School are required to complete what’s known as the Civic Changemakers Project. A diploma requirement, it’s an opportunity for students to work independently on a service project in their local communities, and put into action what they have learned across the school’s four-year citizenship curriculum under the Center for Citizenship and Just Democracy
 

Students in Model United Nations 2021

In recent years, students in the Model United Nations (MUN) co-curricular program have participated in conferences at Harvard and Georgetown universities. This year, MUN Advisors Ed Surjan and Karoline Theobald P’09 ’14 created a virtual MUN experience for students who participated in the Winter Term co-curricular program. “MUN Winter 2021: Major Global Issues Forum” introduced students to eight major international issues in as many weeks, using readings, videos, and group discussions led by guest speakers, including several alumni.
 

The Highlander Podcast on Spotify

A new podcast, created by the editors and staff of the student-run newspaper, The Highlander, recently debuted on Spotify. The first two episodes feature interviews with two students who are writing and producing original music; with a member of the Engineering Club, who is working with Engineers Without Borders on a water resources project in Tanzania; and with two members of the Black Student Union, who have been educating the community about Black history and culture during Black History Month.
 

Laura Tierney, The Social Institute

Laura Tierney, the founder and CEO of The Social Institute (TSI), brought her entrepreneurial spirit, and her strategy for how to use social media and technology in positive ways, to The Frederick Gunn School Speaker Series on February 4. The school partnered with TSI, the leader in engaging student-led lessons related to social-emotional health, social media use, and technology, to bring its #WinAtSocial Program to students starting last month. The program’s unique, gamified social media curriculum – co-created with over 50,000 students at 60 schools nationwide – offers interactive lessons that are scaffolded by grade level and user-friendly for both remote and in-person learning environments.
 

Jeremy Cohen '87 and Justin Dunn '13

The second installment of The Frederick Gunn School 2021 Speaker Series featured Justin Dunn ’13, right-handed pitcher for the Seattle Mariners, and Jeremy Cohen ’87, Vice President and Group Director of Partnership Activation at Major League Baseball, who shared two different perspectives on their MLB careers, and what their experience has been like living in this time of COVID-19.
 

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Students and faculty paused to reflect on the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at School Meeting on Monday. The presentation by history teacher and Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion LaDarius Drew was the first in a series of programs planned over the next six weeks as part of the school’s Black History Month celebration.